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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4.34/5
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6,535 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#366
Reviews:
2,444
Ratings:
6,535
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
Wants:
563
Gots:
1,004
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 6,535 |  Reviews: 2,444
Photo of July2Nov
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep rich mahogany (ie. black like Barry White, not white like Frank Black). 1/2 inch head.

Smell: Rich with a buttery biscuit and sweetness of toffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: WOW! complex indeed. Strong but not overtly. Has a coffee touch to it along with what seems to be molasses. Holds it's characteristics throughout. Leaves the mouth with a slight warm feeling. Very nice!

Drinkability: Any brew that comes with a ram ornament, that comes from Germany, automatically gains "cool points" in my book and this one lives up to the hype. Would take time out the day and have a session with this beauty anytime and anyplace. Highly recommended it your into doppelboks.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CTbrew32
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with some reddish coloring as well. Pours a one finger, white colored, and creamy textured head.

Aroma- Sweet caramel malts,maybe some chocolate, mild toasted malts, and herbal hop aromas.

Taste- Rich caramel and chocolate malt upfront. The middle sees a little dark fruit and then is balanced perfectly with a nutty malt and mild spicy hops at finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, almost creamy texture, and very smooth in the finish with a very pleasant lingering malt presence.

Overall- This is definitely worthy of being regarded as one of the best doppelbocks out there and beers in general. What sets this apart from other great ones like Korbian and Salvator is the mouthfeel, which is creamy, smooth, and clean. As far as flavor goes its right on par with the other two, yet unique in its own right. Great beer and a must try doppelbock.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown, almost black, with 2 towering fingers of light tan head that slowly fades. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is just a tad bit faint for the style, but consists of a malty caramel and fruity aroma. The taste is fairly sweet, with toffee and grapes in it. This brew's balance is on the malty side, with just a tiny bit of hops. The mouthfeel is thick and extremely smooth, a pleasure to drink. The drinkability is very nice as well, as I could put away quite a few of this one. Definately the best lager I've ever had.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer I've had before, but I'm making the attempt to finally get around to reviewing it. Wow, how my tastes have changed. I remember liking this beer the first time i had it, but now i really really like it.

First it pours a deep dark garnet color with a light beige head. The smell of it is both malty and fruity. The malty sugary smell make up the great majority of the aroma with the caramelized sugar notes, but the stars of the show are the clove and slight banana notes that are present as if a wonderful mild Belgian yeast fairy dropped it into this smooth doppelbock. The taste takes some getting used to still as there is an acidic malt flavor that does tend to ruin what is a wonderful malty and clovelike taste. The mouthfeel of this particular beer is pretty damn smooth. While it isn't the easiest drinking beer that I've ever had it's pretty darn near the top 10. I truly enjoyed this beer and would have no problem purchasing it again in the future.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 19oz unbranded pilsner flute glass.

Appearance: Pours black with copper tones, with a large tan head.

Smell: All malts- sweet and roasted. Coffee and chocolate tones. The smell is very inviting.

Taste: Sweet at first, and finishes with roasted, coffee flavors. Very rich and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Very slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Another beer hyped up a lot before I tried it and it more than lives up to its reputation. I paid $12 for a four pack of this which, for a college student, is rather steep. In this case, it was worth it. Not something I will buy regularly because of the price/availability, but something I would love to get again.

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Photo of corysmith01
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mrchrisray
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Mikus
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My scores on this one were all over the map with the appearance and mouthfeel exceptional, and the aromas and flavors on the side of (Borat-voice) 'very niiice'. An opaque brew (seemingly black) with vinous red highlights around the base of the snifter in the light. Rich and malty on the nose, opens up to some nice dark fruits (plums, raisins) and hints of tobacco and light chocolate notes. Nice, but really had to work on the 'smell' portion here. Just a hint of tartness up front on this one, moving into the dark fruits which came in as some nice cherries on the mid, and alcohol warming noticeable. Aftertaste actually brings up more of the malty and chocolatey notes sneaking in. Nice coating mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Drinks like a bigger ABV beer. Comes together well, and now I have a benchmark doppelbock.

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Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went in search of some .5 liter bottles of Salvator, due to some discussion of world-class beers and other conversation, but came up short. Picked up some Celebrator instead since I haven't sampled it in a (long) while and have been meaning to. Perfect for a 90° day, right?

11.2 ounce brown bottles in a $10 4 pack. No dating on the labels. Only 6.7? Man, that seemed so strong when I first discovered this brew back in the mid-80s.

A -- Gushered bottle on opening. Could be age, could be shaken up a little on the drive, but it had set in the fridge a while before capping. Deep, clear chestnut color with red highlights when held to the light. Dense light tan head that didn't hold as long as I'd have expected.

S -- Rich, dark bread crust character up front, some mild caramel and chocolate characters back, with some vague dark fruit peaking through.

T -- Same rich, toasted dark bread crust character up front, mild dark fruits thru the middle, finishes with a pepperiness from alcohol and an aftertaste that is lightly caramel, almost molasses-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is chewy and almost thick and syrupy, body is medium-full and smooth with a dry finish that fights a sticky after-feeling.

O -- A very good take on the style, and would have received higher marks without the gusher -- I'll amend that with the next bottles if they're cleaner.

This is certainly the quintessential "liquid bread." You could almost make a sandwich out of it. It's the type of lager that would surprise ale elitists, and the type of lager that makes me a defender of the styles.

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Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of herrburgess
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of helios7
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of afksports
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As dark as a doppelbock gets, and with great head and lacing, this Ayinger creation is pretty damn smooth. The smell is what really blows me away. It's burnt malts, sweet, but then there's some sort of tang I can't place. Almost sour.. or funky. It's distinct. Taste is great too - the sweetness continues with some nice hop notes in the middle. It fills the mouth - the bubbles take care of that more than the body.

With the low abv and the nicely complex taste, this one is a redrinker if you're into it. To be honest, I'm not that much. It's a little off for me.

I could see someone drinking a whole pack to figure out the taste. But I only bought one. So I'll just content myself with looking at the nice little animals on the front of the bottle.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.04/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola brown with a short bubbly tan head.

Nose is very mild and subdued. Watery dark fruit. Raisin. Plum. Prunes.

Flavor is similar to the nose but a little better. Again mild watered down dark fruit. Plum, prune, figs and raisin. Some dark euro malt.

Mouth is light bodied with med+ creamy carb.

Overall this is a little bit of a disappointment after not having one in about 6-7 years. I remember it being better. I think my palate is just better trained now. Not a bad beer by any means. Easy to drink. Just nothing special.

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Photo of KevinL
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jim_carignan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ngntjp
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Traquairlover
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Very dark, when held to light is a clear reddish amber, good foamy tan head slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass and a continuing layer of foam on surface.

S = Rich roasted malt, caramel-spiked milk chocolate, hazelnuts. Very well balanced and very complex. A really good smelling beer.

T = Rich milk chocolate with walnuts and hazelnuts, good bitterness as from walnuts in the mid-palate, caramel, as with the smell, a really, really good beer.

M = Medium-heavy mouthfeel, very creamy textured while still retaining a lagered crispness, good mouthcoating, carbonation is at a good level to help fill mouth with flavor without overdoing it with foam or cutting the tongue too much.

D = This is probably my favorite doppelbock. Very high drinkability, it is just such an easy beer to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,535 ratings
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